Coming into the 2011 season the teams who combine to make up the FBS are led by 120 head coaches, 21 are new to their job while 99 have been on board at their current position for at least one year.
All reached the top level of college coaching via different roads; some spent long periods as a college assistant, some spent time in the NFL while others have already enjoyed a highly successful run as the head guy at an FCS program.
So, who’s the best of the best among the current crop of FBS college coaches?
The following slideshow slams down the gavel on this provocative question and power ranks the Top 50 coaches currently at the helm of a top tier college football program.
The gridiron mentors are graded by total power points, a rating scheme that includes a wide array of objective categories including overall career winning percentage, winning percentage at current position, conference titles, national championships, bowl appearances, bowl winning percentage, BCS winning percentage, Top 25 finishes in ratio to total year’s coached, etc.
It is important to note that the rankings are limited to coaches’ who have been in the FBS ranks for a minimum of four full seasons (which means you won’t see Chip Kelly, Mike Sherman, Will Muschamp or Lane Kiffin) and the stats compiled are exclusively those earned as a coach at the FBS level (in attempt to get closer to the ultimate aim of comparing apples to apples).
The highly thorough and exclusive “power points” grading system is by no means faultless but it does provide a highly impartial scale for ranking the elite 50 list of coaches currently guiding FBS football programs.